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Germany Is Well Positioned for International Trade with Research-Intensive Goods

Marius Clemens () and Dieter Schumacher

Weekly Report, 2010, vol. 6, issue 11, 79-85

Abstract: Germany is the world's biggest gross and net exporter of research-intensive goods, even ahead of the US and Japan. Per capita Germany also has the largest export surplus for research-intensive goods with around USD 3,900. Furthermore, Germany increasingly benefits as an importer - and thus as a user of technologies - from the international division of work. However, Germany's comparative advantages for research-intensive goods have declined in comparison to the middle of the 1990s. This is not due to a change in export specializations but rather to the tremendous increase in imports; this is reflected above all in the medium and low price segments where emerging markets have been catching up in research-intensive goods. After the financial market crisis had its impact on the real economy, it is now even more important to strengthen the innovative capabilities of German companies. The most important prerequisite of ensuring this is being equipped with R&D and human capital.

Keywords: International trade; Country and industry studies of trade; Industrialization; Manufacturing and service industries; Choice of technology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F14 O14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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